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Special Issue "Fostering Circular Economy through Product Life Cycle Thinking"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2022) | Viewed by 665

Special Issue Editors

Department of Graphic Design and Engineering Projects, Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: circular economy; life cycle thinking; life cycle assessment; ecodesign; sustainable design
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Interests: circular economy; education for sustainability; environmental engineering; meteorological and air quality modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The circular economy is a viable and promising alternative to the currently prevailing linear economic system. The fact of having increasing demands on our planet’s limited natural resources involves the need to adopt a sustainable economic system where sustainable production and consumption should be prioritized.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the transition from the linear to the circular economy requires a deep transformation in the way we create and consume products and services. To create a society mainly based on the circular economy, industries need a new kind of circular know-how, circular strategies co-created between sectors through co-operation, and an overall change in operating methods.

The main objective of this Special Issue is to address the transition to the circular economy through the systems thinking approach and the so-called product life cycle thinking.

Therefore, the articles to be published should provide knowledge on the key elements, indicators, and methods to monitor the transition toward the circular economy in industry. For this purpose, it is essential to clearly define the drivers and barriers of the new circular economy business models that may emerge.

Likewise, this Special Issue aims to open a discussion on aspects related to the circular economy as a transformative COVID-19 recovery strategy and as an opportunity to build a resilient and low carbon recovery.

Contributions that explore the topic of circular or sustainable design based on life cycle analysis are also welcome, as well as articles that prove the importance of both product and organization environmental footprints in the circular economy.

We propose as a reference the following topics in order to guide the authors and trigger a better-orientated discussion of the scientific works that could partake in this challenge:

  • Circular design and systems thinking;
  • Circular economy through product life cycle thinking;
  • Key elements and indicators, to monitor circularity;
  • Drivers and barriers to the circular economy;
  • New circular economy business models;
  • Circular economy and green recovery in the post-pandemic scenario;
  • Circular design and sustainable design based on life cycle assessment;
  • Circular economy and product and organization environmental footprints.

Papers presenting research results with sound academic contributions and high societal impact potential are particularly welcomed.

Dr. Rikardo Minguez
Dr. Estibaliz Saez-de Camara
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • circular economy
  • life cycle thinking
  • systems thinking
  • circular strategies, life cycle assessment
  • ecodesign
  • sustainable production
  • green recovery

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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